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Freedom House strongly condemns the Cambodian People Party’s (CPP) decision to expel 27 members of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) from parliament. The National Assembly’s decision to strip opposition members of their parliamentarian status and salary is yet another blatant attempt by the CPP to stifle dissent in the lead-up to  national elections on July 28.

A bill passed by the Nigerian House of Representatives on May 30, to ban same-sex marriage and prohibit organizations from advocating for same-sex rights, violates the rights of LGBTI people and should be vetoed by President Goodluck Jonathan. Freedom House urges the international community to condemn the bill and pressure the Nigerian government to abandon the measure and repeal the country’s existing sodomy law and other restrictive measures that undermine the human dignity of LGBTI persons.

The blocking of over 200 online media outlets in Jordan impedes press freedom and imposes censorship on Jordanian citizens who seek information online. Freedom House calls for the revision of the country’s Press and Publications Law to reflect international norms of press freedom and access to information.

Freedom House condemns the violent dispersal of a peaceful protest in Istanbul’s Gezi Park in Taksim Square, and calls on the Turkish government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of assembly.

Freedom House calls on authorities in Swaziland to refrain from unlawfully evicting a community of more than 150 people living in Malkerns who are in danger of losing homes land that they have occupied since the 1950’s.

The Kenyan government’s decision to prosecute 17 peaceful protestors on the spurious charges of breach of peace and disturbance after a demonstration to oppose parliamentary salary increases is in direct violation of the constitutional right of all Kenyans to peacefully assemble and is a serious abuse of the court process.

Freedom House welcomes the announcement today that Facebook will become a full member of the Global Network Initiative (GNI) after participating as an observer for the past year.

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